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Rob Desormeau

  • Here it is! My first ever iMovie. I hope this summarizes Global Citizenship Learning this year at AIS-R in a way it deserves!

    After creating my final video for this course, I can say that our school has […]

  • Being in my new role as Middle School Assistant Principal this year has given me a great opportunity to work with different leaders from different divisions of the school and has allowed me the opportunity to […]

  • Creating a video that captures the essence of where our school is with our Global Citizenship learning has become a far more daunting task than I originally thought. Where do I start!? All of the great things we […]

  • My final project for my CoeTail course will be to create a video that tells the story of Global Citizenship at AIS-R. As an administrator at AIS-R I have had the opportunity this year, to play a role in the […]

  • Rob Desormeau posted a new activity comment 2 years ago


    I truly enjoyed reading about how you are using technology in the classroom as it relates to your whole idea about ‘legacies of learning’. I would like to learn much more about this, but the thought of how learning can withstand time and that we are creating learning for the purpose of being built upon, both locally and globally is one…[Read more]

  • For my Course 5 final project, I am still deciding on two possible options and since I’m now an administrator I’m finding that coming up with a project is a little more tricky. Considering this, I am inviting lot […]

  • Rob Desormeau posted a new activity comment 2 years, 3 months ago

    Hi Amy,

    I like the title of this post. I believe I’ve heard this phrase somewhere before. In all seriousness it certainly summarizes much of what we learn as educators in all the PD we attend. Just as you put it, all of these ‘types’ of learning approaches focus on the role of teacher and school changing towards the facilitation of stude…[Read more]

  • Rob Desormeau posted a new activity comment 2 years, 3 months ago

    Hi Craig,

    I like your idea about revamping your geometry unit and I think that content area lends itself very well to implementing many of the ideas we’ve learned in this course. Geometry was always my favorite math concept in school because of how visual it is compared to other Mathematical concepts. Also, because it is very tactile I a…[Read more]

  • Rob Desormeau posted a new activity comment 2 years, 3 months ago

    Hi Miriam,

    Love the flying lego car! Along with what you and Craig also mentioned, I’m not sold yet that the job of the teachers will be ‘doomed’. I think it will probably just change, like you’ve stated in your post. I also think it has changed a lot already. It’s just changing at a slow pace that is hard to see as we better our practice. I…[Read more]

  • Since devices first began ‘streaming’ into the classrooms, teachers have been continuously dealing with new and more challenging ways to manage the classroom. The phones were the first issue, but that seemed ver […]

    • Great post, Rob! One of my most recent posts discussed a lot of the same ideas as yours, particularly that of my once reluctant attitude towards cell phones in the classroom. The cell phone (and what to do with it) used to be a hot topic at our weekly faculty meetings, but now it seems that is an issue of the past. I like how you phrased it:”the idea of acceptance is no longer even negotiable”. Now, we just need to figure out how to stay one step ahead of our kiddos. 😉

  • I think the big question regarding this week’s topic is not, ‘will education change due to technology?’, because I think it surely has and that it is. The question in my mind is, ‘why is it changing so slowly? […]

  • This week’s topic is one that I have become very interested in, not only because of its logic, but because it is now how I experience a much more effective way of learning personally. Over the course of a year I l […]

    • Hi Rob,
      That’s amazing what you have been able to achieve in such a short period of time to become such a talented guitar player. I think you’ve hit on some pretty powerful strengths that technology has played in your learning, and by being in a band, you’re receiving the powerful feedback piece that sometimes learning on your own is missing. But I think the real key to your success, and the success of a flipped classroom is owning your learning. I think the reason that flipping a classroom has the potential of failing is when students are not motivated and don’t follow through with their learning outside the classroom; therefore, they are not prepared to engage with the material in the class. You were clearly very motivated to learn the notes/songs so that you could be an engaged member of the band during practice. Perhaps our role then is to guide our students in discovering the ‘purpose’ of learning…..that goes beyond learning for a unit test and develop the tools/strategies/opportunities for reflection that allow them to “learn how to learn”. A great blog post “The Flip: End of a Love Affair” ( highlights one teacher’s experience with flipping her chemistry classroom, and my favorite quote, which captures my own teaching philosophy is that “when students own their learning, then deep, authentic, transformative things happen in a classroom.”

  • Rob Desormeau posted a new activity comment 2 years, 3 months ago

    Hi Chrissy,

    I was thinking something along the lines of this. What are you visualizing from your perspective?

  • In order to understand how to apply Problem, Project and Challenge based learning it is important to understand what the three are actually looking to achieve in the classroom. In their article, ‘Introduction to P […]

  • As an educator who feels like they are working hard to keep up with using technology to enhance both student and teacher learning, I feel that the SAMR model is a great evaluation tool towards my efforts and […]

    • Totally agree with your point about the SAMR model being a great evaluation tool towards efforts and effectiveness with technology integration Rob!
      What I really love about the SAMR model is that it gets to the heart of purpose and authenticity as opposed to just using “tech” for the sake of using “tech” – helping us redefine the learning going on in our classrooms. I enjoyed reading your reflection on your school’s use of Google docs too as you really hit the nail on the head with how that particular tool can help modify and/or redefine student learning.


    For my final project I decided to use what I have learned in course 3 to upgrade a presentation I have already used, but will need to use again with what will most likely be a much larger and more critical […]

    • Hello Rob,

      I am one of the very fortunate ones to have attended your mini-NESA and LOVED it! The whole concepts was brilliant and the way you showcased it by allowing us to solve some of the problems you pose, definitely gave us a feel of the process and it’s advantage. We did talk mathematically, we did see the different ways to solve a problem, and we collaborated enthusiastically.

      The preZENtation you just created is wonderful! Definitely more engaging, more colorful, less is more in terms of words, it’s clear and the pictures support the thought I remember hearing you say! WOW! you will impress and many will leave that preZENtation thinking: How can I bring this into my classroom? Which is a testament of not only the presentation obviously, but how passionate you are about the idea and how engaging it seems to be!

      Good luck, Rob! AND. Well done!

    • Hey Rob!

      I really liked reading your post and reflections on your presentation process! The difference between your two presentations are a perfect case study. The first is so traditional and the second is so Presentation Zen!

      In addition, like Noura said in her comment, you are clearly passionate about Problem-Based Learning in mathematics and that is clear! I am sure that you presentation in Bangkok is going to be awesome! Despite your concern about stepping outside of your comfort zone…you and your ideas are well seasoned. You have had a profound impact on Math at AIS-R I am I sure that you will also have a profound impact on your attendees at NESA SEC!

      In general, I like what Presentation Zen suggests, however, one thing that I was wondering and struggling with when considering this content was the way that these revised presentations cannot stand alone without the presenter. We spend so much effort to simplify the slides, add little to no text, and find accompanying and persuasive pictures that the message is somewhat lost without the presenter. This is totally fine if you are going to tie yourself to your presentation. If we assume contrarily that information is flowing and available in this digital information age, then our revised presentations become somewhat useless without us. No one can borrow and tweak it. No one can get the whole picture.

      With this in mind, I have been thinking about sharing my slides with voice annotation so that the whole message could be shared. Here ( is my first attempt at this but I am sure I will try more again…

      What are your thoughts? Do you think presentations should be able to stand alone without the presenter or not?

  • Rob Desormeau posted a new activity comment 2 years, 11 months ago


    I really enjoyed how this post reflects on ‘the big picture’ and I feel you do a great job summarizing the course and discussing its relevance to the students in our classrooms. When I initially began my interest in gaining insight towards 21st century students, I thought for a long time that because our students are digital natives, the…[Read more]

  • Rob Desormeau posted a new activity comment 2 years, 11 months ago

    Hi Miriam,

    I decided to make a point of reading through your week 3 post since I know you are working on a similar task as me with the NESA conference around the corner. I too feel like the presentation I will be using is a little dull and is definitely lacking many of the aspects of presentation zen. Simplicity was also the main aspect that…[Read more]


    For this week’s CoETAIL assignment, I will be building off of what I discussed in my previous post. I will be using an infographic to model for students how to use one to present information in a clear, vi […]

    • Poker in Saudi? Pretty risqué, but definitely an engaging connection! I’m interested to see what your students create in this unit. I’m also curious about the statistical data seventh graders will gather. Like, maybe statistically speaking, how much more time do they spend responding to WhatsApp groups than completing academic assignments – like gathering statistical data.

      I’ve found Piktochart to be very easy to use, and it creates pleasing products. Another app that is easy to use is Canva. I think all of the apps are comparable though. One thing to consider with visibility on the iPad, is that the infographic template can be frustrating because it doesn’t completely fit on the screen. All the apps I’ve used have a poster app that I find works better with iPads.

  • Rob Desormeau posted a new activity comment 2 years, 11 months ago


    I really enjoyed looking at the infographics you selected in your post. The one that showed the ‘17 signs the world is already changing for the better’ was very effective towards giving quick and clear information. I was able to find out so many positive things going on in the world in less than two minutes. I also found the one tha…[Read more]

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